Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Cafe Creme Mug Rug

I think my new mug rug is going to prove to be far more useful than a coffee coaster.  In case you haven't met them before, mug rugs are coffee coasters wide enough to take your coffee mug and your apple or chocolate cake or whatever you take with your coffee.  I've used coffee and cream coloured fabrics and made two 6" blocks to sew side by side.  The blocks are negative images of each other.

To make the mug rug you'll need five 2.1/2" squares of each fabric and four 2.7/8" squares of each fabric for the half square triangle units.  These are made in the usual way by laying a coffee and a cream 2.7/8" square with right sides together and drawing a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4" seam either side of the diagonal line and cut along the line to make two half square triangle units.

Lay out the squares and half square triangles in a nine patch formation to form a star shape in the coffee fabric and then make another nine patch with the colours reversed to make a cream star shape.

Sew the squares together across the rows of each block, sew the rows together and then sew the two blocks together side by side.

Cut rectangles of batting and backing fabric slightly larger than the patchwork rectangle, layering them as for any quilt - backing fabric right side down, batting, patchwork with right side up.  Quilt to hold the three layers together.  Stitch in the ditch works well.  Trim the excess batting and backing fabric.

Use a 2.1/2" wide strip of fabric to bind the mug rug in the same way as for any quilt. Definitely time for a coffee break.

One major project in the making is a french braid quilt.  It's going to be quite a large quilt so it may be on the unfinished project for quite some time!

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